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HussainRaza
6th March 2013, 21:35
Hello,

I am new to this forum, I have been reading through the forums and decided I need to post.

I am due to start work next week and have registered with an Umbrella Company, this is the first time I've used them and have to say after reading through some of the posts on this forums it has saved me from making a possibly huge mistake.

The company I signed up with have added around £194.05 worth of fees per week. My daily pay will be £121 and the illustration I have been given is:

Your net weekly salary: £457.91
Weekly Personal Mitigation Fund: £34.55

I think the company have inflated the figures a bit, I have registered with them today but quite sure that I do not have a leaving fee.

Does those figures look correct?
Will the net be less if I do not have these expenses which I wont have?

Many Thanks,

LisaContractorUmbrella
7th March 2013, 07:50
This is a calculation based on 810L tax code and assuming that you have no expenses:

Monthly Weekly

Income 605.00
Expenses 0.00



Employer's NI 52.33
Employee's NI 45.50
Employee Tax 73.35
Total All Tax 171.18
CU Margin 27.50
Total Net Income 403.76

Do you have a breakdown of the calculation from your umbrella company - it is possible that an amount has been included for expenses that you are not actually entitled to claim or, alternatively if this is a calculation based on specific information, it may be that you are not working on a standard tax code or you have missed pay periods.

HussainRaza
7th March 2013, 22:25
Thank you for you reply,

They advised of £100 mileage and £94.05 food?

Many Thanks
Hussain

LisaContractorUmbrella
8th March 2013, 08:27
Thank you for you reply,

They advised of £100 mileage and £94.05 food?

Many Thanks
Hussain

So, would you be travelling 220 miles each week and spending £18+ per day on food?

HussainRaza
8th March 2013, 12:48
Noo LOL

LisaContractorUmbrella
8th March 2013, 12:50
Noo LOL

Then the calculation you have been given is totally incorrect and if they do put through those expenses without you having incurred them you will be in dead trouble with HMR&C. If the umbrella company was recommended to you it may be an idea to let the recommender know

HussainRaza
8th March 2013, 12:52
Thank you, you've been very helpful.

I noticed you work for an umbrella company, would I be able to get an illustration?

Many Thanks

LisaContractorUmbrella
8th March 2013, 12:55
Thank you, you've been very helpful.

I noticed you work for an umbrella company, would I be able to get an illustration?

Many Thanks

See illustration above - if you let me have a note of any expenses that you will actually incur and confirm that you are intending to work on more than one assignment as a contractor working through an umbrella company and I will post a revised calculation for you

kevinm3
25th April 2013, 15:15
Hi Lisa,

Sorry for hijacking this thread.

I'm due to start a contract on May 7th and was considering going with CU.

My daily rate is £150 p/day
Expenses Approx £160 p/week.

Can you give a break down on my take.

Thanks

Kevin

LisaContractorUmbrella
25th April 2013, 15:34
Hi Lisa,

Sorry for hijacking this thread.

I'm due to start a contract on May 7th and was considering going with CU.

My daily rate is £150 p/day
Expenses Approx £160 p/week.

Can you give a break down on my take.

Thanks

Kevin

Hi Kevin,

No problem - happy to help :happy This is the calculation that you asked for:

Monthly Weekly

Income 750.00
Expenses 160.00



Employer's NI 50.14
Employee's NI 43.60
Employee Tax 65.64
Total All Tax 159.38
CU Margin 27.50
Total Net Income 560.52

HTH

kevinm3
25th April 2013, 17:40
Thank you.

Is the best way of signing up through yourself directly?

LisaContractorUmbrella
26th April 2013, 09:52
Thank you.

Is the best way of signing up through yourself directly?

Hi Kevin,

You can either sign up here: Sign up with one of the UK's most respected Umbrella Companies today! (http://www.contractorumbrella.com/register.html) or if you would prefer one of my team here could sort it out for you over the phone - 01206 761326.

Look forward to having you on board :happy

Lazy Genius
30th May 2013, 14:27
Hi guys,

I'm completely new to these forums, and relatively new to contracting / freelancing but the issue of Umbrella Companies is one that I was hoping to get some help with.

Lisa - what would be the benefits of registering with yourselves?

LisaContractorUmbrella
30th May 2013, 15:18
Hi Lazy Genius

Welcome to the forum:wave:

Basically, all umbrella companies work in the same way so what you should be looking for is excellent customer service, transparency on their website, a good reputation and longevity in the market place. A good umbrella company should also make sure that you fully understand the way that an umbrella company differs to permanent employment before you register with them so look for informative articles on their website especially in relation to expenses and employer's NI. Any companies marketing their business based on 'take home pay' should be approached with caution as all UK umbrella companies should operate PAYE on all your earnings - a company promising 85% take home is unlikely to work in this way as income tax rates start at 20% and NI contributions at 12.8%.

Why should you register with us? Because we're good :wink

HTH - any more questions just shout.

geemel79
27th June 2013, 20:26
right so my bf was contacted by an agency after seeing his cv online and offered him a 6 week contract £300 per day working 7 days a week

he decided to take the ob on as a stop gap as hes due to start a full time position but not for 3 months

he filled in all the forms and was told to register with an umbrella company as that is how they pay his wages between the agency and umbrella company this was all done for him and he was given log in details which he gave to me to keep an eye on

so the timesheet was submitted and viewable on his umbrella profile was invoiced to the client for 1225 plus vat 245

no his payslip went online and his take home pay was £762 !!!!

breakdown as follows minus the pennies

income to the company 1225

ni employers contributions 129

admin fee 1250

total available for salary 1083

tax 237

ni 83

paid to employee 762


does this not seem awfully steep ? forgive me if im wrong but should the agency not be paying his employers ni contributions ?

considering his annual pay this year is probably only going to be about 30k it seems that way

malvolio
28th June 2013, 07:26
right so my bf was contacted by an agency after seeing his cv online and offered him a 6 week contract £300 per day working 7 days a week

he decided to take the ob on as a stop gap as hes due to start a full time position but not for 3 months

he filled in all the forms and was told to register with an umbrella company as that is how they pay his wages between the agency and umbrella company this was all done for him and he was given log in details which he gave to me to keep an eye on

so the timesheet was submitted and viewable on his umbrella profile was invoiced to the client for 1225 plus vat 245

no his payslip went online and his take home pay was £762 !!!!

breakdown as follows minus the pennies

income to the company 1225

ni employers contributions 129

admin fee 1250

total available for salary 1083

tax 237

ni 83

paid to employee 762


does this not seem awfully steep ? forgive me if im wrong but should the agency not be paying his employers ni contributions ?

considering his annual pay this year is probably only going to be about 30k it seems that way
Nope, looks reasonable to me (assuming he only worked 4 days and the umbrella fee is actually £12.50...).

Working through an umbrella you get taxed as an employee but Employer's NICs, are the contractor's liability, nobody else's. Welcome to reality. :wink

Andrew@HillierHopkins
28th June 2013, 10:00
right so my bf was contacted by an agency after seeing his cv online and offered him a 6 week contract £300 per day working 7 days a week

he decided to take the ob on as a stop gap as hes due to start a full time position but not for 3 months

he filled in all the forms and was told to register with an umbrella company as that is how they pay his wages between the agency and umbrella company this was all done for him and he was given log in details which he gave to me to keep an eye on

so the timesheet was submitted and viewable on his umbrella profile was invoiced to the client for 1225 plus vat 245

no his payslip went online and his take home pay was £762 !!!!

breakdown as follows minus the pennies

income to the company 1225

ni employers contributions 129

admin fee 1250

total available for salary 1083

tax 237

ni 83

paid to employee 762


does this not seem awfully steep ? forgive me if im wrong but should the agency not be paying his employers ni contributions ?

considering his annual pay this year is probably only going to be about 30k it seems that way

If you want to save the Er's NIC then you'll need to go down the Ltd Co. route - more admin but take home pay much better. It totally depends on your circumstances.

Assuming a daily rate of £300k, you'll have annual income of £69k (46 weeks) (plus £2.6k from the VAT flat rate scheme saving in the first year) accountant's fees would be only a little more than what you are paying the Umbrella. Assuming you withdraw all profits your net pay will look more like £4k per month (£51k annually).

If you income is likely to be at this level I would highly recommend going Ltd. If £30k then probably not worth it.

Andrew

malvolio
28th June 2013, 10:08
If you want to save the Er's NIC then you'll need to go down the Ltd Co. route - more admin but take home pay much better. It totally depends on your circumstances.

Assuming a daily rate of £300k, you'll have annual income of £69k (46 weeks) (plus £2.6k from the VAT flat rate scheme saving in the first year) accountant's fees would be only a little more than what you are paying the Umbrella. Assuming you withdraw all profits your net pay will look more like £4k per month (£51k annually).

If you income is likely to be at this level I would highly recommend going Ltd. If £30k then probably not worth it.

Andrew
Can I have a day rate of £300k.... please.... :happy

Seriously, it's reportedly a three month deal until he takes on a permie role, and it's clear they have no ideas about contracting anyway; so umbrella is the only viable option.

TheFaQQer
28th June 2013, 10:17
does this not seem awfully steep ? forgive me if im wrong but should the agency not be paying his employers ni contributions ?

The only question I would have is why the calculation is based off £300 including VAT rather than excluding VAT. I've not gone the umbrella route before, but when I agree a rate, that is excluding VAT.

If the rate discussed was VAT inclusive, then the calculator from contractor umbrella gives a net income of £753.87 which is pretty close to what you get.

LisaContractorUmbrella
2nd July 2013, 06:58
WTFS

If the contract rate, as agreed in the business to business contract between the umbrella company and the agency is £300.00 per day then it would be usual for this rate to be plus VAT and not inclusive of VAT - other than that the figures seem OK. You should advise your friend that he cannot claim travel expenses whilst he's with the umbrella company as he will only be working on a single assignment whilst in their employment.